This Day in the Arts: October 1
Composer John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of the United States Marine Corps Band.
Vladimir Horowitz, a Russian-American pianist, is born. His use of tone and technique and the excitement of his playing are thought by many to be unrivaled.
Carlisle, Kentucky native Barbara Kingsolver publishes her critically acclaimed first novel, The Bean Trees, about a young woman who leaves rural Kentucky and winds up in urban Tucson with a 3-year-old companion named Turtle.